Richard C. Carlson ’62 died on May 9, 2016, in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
(The following was published in The Hartford Courant from May 13 to May 14, 2016:)
Richard C. Carlson of Bloomfield and Clinton, born September 6, 1940, died on Monday, May 9, 2016, surrounded by his family. Richard was born and raised in West Hartford by his parents David Eric and Mabel Steele Carlson. He attended West Hartford schools and graduated from Hall High School in 1958, with high honors. He earned a B.S. degree at the University of Hartford with accounting honors in 1963 and an M.S. in computer science from R.P.I. in 1975. Richard joined Travelers Insurance Company in 1972, working there until 1992 when he retired as a certified internal auditor and head of internal audit. Richard was a very active member of society. He served on the client security fund committee for eight years, working to compensate those who had been wronged by their attorneys. In addition, he was active in the Hartford Power Squadron, teaching its weather course and serving as commander from 2010 to 2013. He was also involved in the adult learning program and led its hiking group with his wife for many years. He enjoyed reading, gardening, technology, and The New York Times crossword and acrostic puzzles. At his most loved Clinton cottage (his “shining castle by the sea”), he enjoyed fishing, sailing and spending time with his grandchildren. Richard leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend of fifty-five years, Betty, his son Eric, daughter-in-law Laura, and his two much adored grandchildren Samantha and Andrew. Additionally he is survived by his brother David A. Carlson and sister-in-law Helen; his brother-in-law Richard Eppler and wife Mary; his nephew Steven Eppler and his nieces: Elissa Carlson, Kathryn Witkun, and Deborah Eppler. He was predeceased by his nephew, John Carlson. Richard will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by his family.